Repurposing the Traditional Dining Room into a Usable Space
We love our home. It ticked all the boxes: east facing for morning light, large west facing backyard for summer evenings, red all brick exterior, detached garage, wood burning fireplace. The one downfall is that it's not large. In fact, it's quite compact compared to what most Americans would get for half the price. Since having our son and seeing how active my nephew is we realized we didn't have a lot of space for Atli to play once he started crawling. In comes my desire to redecorate every season (seriously, it's a problem. Anyone else always changing and moving things around?!)
We recently did some extensive renovations to the back of our home. We removed the small dining room windows and replace it with an 8 ft wide custom sliding door system. We installed a large tiered deck and replaced all the original hardwood on the main floor. The back door is glorious but it wasn't being used to it's full potential. We rarely eat at the dining table. Mostly we choose to eat at the coffee table in the living room while playing with our son, or watching an episode of The Office. So we decided that we would downsize our dining table, relocate it to the corner in the front living room and repurpose the back room to a chill, TV free zone with plenty of room for Atli to play or for us to read, listen to records or nap. Now the outside seems to flow seamlessly with the inside!